Tyla Wins Grammys’ first African Music Performance Award

Tyla made history at the 2024 Grammy Awards, clinching the coveted title of Best African Music Performance for her soul-stirring track “Water.” This remarkable achievement is particularly significant as it marks the inaugural year for this category, showcasing the diverse and vibrant sounds emerging from the African music scene.

Competing against esteemed artists including Asake, Olamide with “Amapiano,” Ayra Starr with “Rush,” Burna Boy with “City Boys,” and Davido featuring Musa Keys with “Unavailable,” Tyla’s win underscores her exceptional talent and resonant musical expression.

In her emotional acceptance speech, Tyla expressed her disbelief and gratitude, stating, “What? Oh my gosh, guys, this is crazy! I never thought I’d say I won a Grammy at 22 years old.” She went on to thank God, her team, and her family, acknowledging the pivotal role they played in her journey to success.

Image credit: Getty images
Image credit: Getty images

The addition of Best African Music Performance is part of the Grammy Awards’ ongoing commitment to celebrating global musical diversity. This year, it joins two other newly introduced categories: Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Dance Recording, reflecting the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary music.

Fans can anticipate experiencing the captivating sounds of “Water” once more when it features on Tyla’s eagerly awaited self-titled debut album, set for release on March 22nd. Tyla’s remarkable talent continues to captivate audiences worldwide, marking her as an artist to watch in the evolving tapestry of global music.

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